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Why I Cringe When Others Tell Me They’re Praying For My Healing

Shortly after my diabetes diagnosis, family and friends flooded me with words of encouragement, prayers and gifts of comfort. Among the many stuffed animals and cards that I received, was a CD series given to me by a well-meaning family member. The CDs included sermons by a prominent pastor along ...

JALS at JDRF’s One Walk

On Sunday, September 25th, the Just a Little Suga’ team participated in the JDRF One Walk at Foley Square. One Walk utilizes financial contributions to fund research and life-saving innovations so that one day we’ll realize a world without Type 1 diabetes. As a Type 1 diabetic, my participation ...

My Grandmother and I: The Reason for This Blog

The month of September ignites painful memories. Two years ago, my grandmother, a type-2 diabetic and double amputee declared she was tired of living. The long-term effects of type 2 diabetes ravaged her body—stealing her vision, kidney function, mobility, and will to live. Growing up witnessing her ...

Ari Got the Suga’: The Name Behind the Blog

I was 16 and a novice diabetic when my great aunt from South Carolina visited my grandmother. Unlike most of my family, she was unaware of my new status. I had taken out my meter to check my blood sugar when she interrupted, “Ari, you got the suga’?…” Helen, a type 2 diabetic, spoke as if ...

Ten Years: A Brief Reflection

It is my intention to write a more detailed post about my diabetes (and management) journey which began in 2006. Until then, here's a short synopsis of my life with type 1. I'm sharing it now as this is a big year for me. It's my 10th year living as a diabetic-- a milestone that recently sparked ...

Welcome to Just a Little Suga’!

Welcome! My name is Ariel and I’m the Type 1 diabetic blogger behind Just a Little Suga’! Just a Little Suga’ is a personal blog with an expansive focus, seeking to shed light on the experiences of diabetics on the margin (i.e. individuals of color, vulnerable populations, marginalized ...